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The Lord's Supper is a Family Making Meal

But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. For he himself is our peace, who has made us both one and has broken down in his flesh the dividing wall of hostility by abolishing the law of commandments expressed in ordinances, that he might create in himself one new man in place of the two, so making peace, and might rec...

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Justice and Super Tuesday

I-Voted-sticker

As we approach Super Tuesday it is important that we understand our voting through the lens of God’s Word. The Scripture speaks to every area of life, and no square inch of our existence is exempt from the rule of Christ and His authoritative Word. So what should it look like for us to seek God’s glory during this election season? As we consider our role and ...

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Reframing "Membership" in the Church

Membership Matters

The term “membership” is misleading because of how it is commonly used. Often “membership” connotes privilege in a club. Costco members get access to deals. Country club members get reduced green fees. Jelly of the month club members get, well . . . you get the point. If you pay your dues, membership entitles you to get something. Because of these...

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The Life-Changing Gospel in God's Local Church

Life Changing Gospel Local Church 2

Sunday we begin a new series in Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians. Written to bring the gospel light to a number of problems in that local church, our series is entitled, “The Life-Changing Gospel in God’s Local Church. Excluding the introduction (Cor. 1:1–9) and the conclusion (Cor. 16:5–24), 1 Corinthians can be broken into two main pa...

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Our Journey to a Missions Commitment to Iceland

Reykjavík Missionary

In 2010, Iceland experienced volcanic eruptions at Eyjafjallajökull that spewed dark clouds of ash into the atmosphere, which spread into Europe and resulted in 20 nations closing their airspace to commercial jet traffic. The dark ash clouds have long since dissipated, yet a more ominous darkness envelopes Iceland that tragically shows no signs of dissipating ...

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For the Sake of His Name

World Map

In the New Testament evangelism was propelled by an overarching concern for the glory of God. As Paul writes in Romans 1, he was an apostle of God’s gospel . . . "so that as grace extends to more and more people it may increase thanksgiving, to the glory of God". ...

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An Opportunity to Redeem the Time

Worship is our every-hour spiritual act of service to the Lord who has redeemed us. Make use of these resources to encourage your worship this wintery weekend....

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FAQ's in the Spiritual Disciplines

Spiritual Disciplines Psalms

"Discipline yourself for godliness" 1 Timothy 4:7...

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2016 Winter Youth Retreat

On February 12-14, HARDROCK, OBC’s Youth Ministry (7-12th grade) will be returning to Greenwood Hills Conference Center (Fayetteville, PA). ...

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Word-Centered Examination Leads to Spirit-Filled Assurance

Who can discern his errors? Declare me innocent from hidden faults. Keep back your servant also from presumptuous sins; let them not have dominion over me! Then I shall be blameless, and innocent of great transgression. Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O LORD, my rock and my redeemer. -- Psalm 19:12-14 -- The ...

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